Friday, April 18, 2014

Game of Thrones Inspired FiberWild! Exclusive Color

You have probably heard of the HBO series "Game of Thrones."  Ok, who hasn't heard of "Game of Thrones?"  It's all Vera and I talk about on Monday morning, and whether you are an obsessed fan or not you know that the show has lots of drama, medieval characters, awesome costumes - and dragons!

Snow Tree in Bearfoot
So when it was time to work with our friends at Mountain Colors Yarns to cook-up the next FiberWild! Exclusive Color, we couldn't help but suggest another "Thrones" inspired color.  Snow Tree is a subtle blend of blue, green and gray inspired by the sacred weirwood tree in the northern region of the show.  

Snow Tree is available in Mountain Colors Bearfoot, a soft blend of superwash wool, mohair and a little nylon, Winter Lace Jr., a half silk, half wool lace weight yarn, and Alpaca Blend, a medium weight blend of 50% superfine alpaca and 50% wool.  And all three are on sale at 20% off!

Enchanted Tree Shawl Pattern
Keeping up with the tree theme, I created the Enchanted Tree Shawl pattern to show-off the colors with a tree and leaf motif sprouting from the stockinette stitch body.  The crescent shape stays on your shoulders nicely in the drapey, wispy way that follows so many of the costumes on the show.  The shawl's size is approximately 62” wide and 22” deep, and will take two skeins of the Bearfoot yarn.  We do not recommend knitting the Enchanted Tree Shawl with Alpaca Blend, but you can knit a lighter, more delicate shawl with two skeins of Winter Lace Jr.  (Call the store for a few tips and tricks for using the pattern with Winter Lace Jr.!)

Don't have a king's ransom to spend on patterns?  No problem!  The Enchanted Tree Shawl pattern is FREE with the purchase of any quantity of Bearfoot in Snow Tree!

Need more Thrones?  Click here for the Official HBO site with more information on the story, characters and dragons.  (The HBO Site is FLASH and won't work on your iPad!).  You can also check out the Game of Thrones discussion on Ravelry

Still not enough Thrones for you?  Don't forget our first Thrones inspired FiberWild! Exclusive Color, Fire Dragon, and the Drogon tribute Dragon Wings Shawl.

You Knit or You Die . . . . Amy

The Enchanted Tree

Friday, April 11, 2014

Knock Your Socks Off - With ChiaoGoo Sock Sets!

ChiaoGoo Bamboo Sock Set
Knock your socks off - with a Double Point Sock Set from ChiaoGoo!

Whether you are a beginning sock knitter who needs a complete set to start you off on your sock knitting adventures, or a veteran sock knitter looking for a compact and organized way to manage your sock knitting gear, ChiaoGoo's Sock Sets are the answer!

So what is ChiaoGoo? ChiaoGoo needles are needles manufactured in China by a family-owned business which prides themselves with offering high quality knitting needles.  Started by four brothers, they were taught bamboo work by their father and grandfather, both traveling bamboo craftsman.  But their real inspiration came from their mother, an avid knitter who was their needle tester and often asked for special bamboo needles to meet her needs.

The family's youngest son, Leon, came to the US in 1997 and received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Laser Technology at West Virginia University.  This guy knows lasers!  Every ChiaoGoo needle (both bamboo and stainless steel) is precisely machined with perfectly tapered tips and is permanently laser imprinted with both the US and metric sizes.

Pandas eat bamboo - but not moso bamboo
ChiaoGoo Sock Sets are available in bamboo and stainless steel.  The bamboo needles use moso bamboo, the largest and strongest of the bamboo species, which creates a very durable needle.  Bamboo is a fast-growing, renewable resource, and the eco-friendly bamboo needles are warm to the touch.  But what about the pandas?  Pandas only eat bamboo, but moso bamboo is too big for panda bears to eat.

The stainless steel needles are made from a  high-grade, strong, stainless steel. They have a nice, smooth satin sheen that does not reflect any light, making it easier to see your work!  They are strong and durable, but surprisingly lightweight.

So just what does a ChiaoGoo Sock Set include?
ChiaoGoo Stainless Steel Sock Set
  • The bamboo set includes five sets of six inch double pointed  needles - Sizes: US 1 (2.25 mm), US 1.5 (2.50 mm), US 2 (2.75 mm), US 2.5 (3.00 mm), and US 3 (3.25 mm).  The stainless steel set includes six sets of needles, all of the above, plus a set of US 0 (2.00 mm). 
  • Stitch markers, in a variety of sizes and colors. 
  • Five inch needle gauge/ruler
  • Zippered case (6" x 8") to keep everything neat and secure - no more renegade needles slipping out of your knitting basket!
And just what does ChiaoGoo mean?  Chiao (pronounced chau) means "crafty" and a Goo (pronounced gu) is a "lady".  So a ChiaoGoo is a "crafty lady"!  Are you?

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, April 4, 2014

HUGE Classic Elite Yarn Sale!

Don't you hate when someone announces a BIG SALE, but it is just on a few items.  Yeah, we hate that too.  So that's why when we say we are having a HUGE Classic Elite Yarn sale, we mean that we really are having a HUGE Classic Elite Yarn sale!

Ava Yarn is 20% Off!
How much yarn is on sale?  I'm glad you asked, because we have over 40 Classic Elite Yarns, and each is available in a variety of colors.  So that's . . . .  well, I'm not sure exactly how much yarn that is, but it's a lot!

What's the discount?  A measly little 5% or 10%?  Nope.  All of our Classic Elite Yarns are on sale for 20% to 25% off, with the exception of discontinued yarns which are 50% off!

Want some patterns?  They're on sale, too.  All Classic Elite Yarn patterns are on sale at 20% off.

So which yarns and pattens will you choose?  That's the hard part!

Some of my favorites:
Enjoy great yarn - and great savings!  Happy Knitting!  . . . .  Amy

Friday, March 28, 2014

Introducing Magenta Masterpiece and Meteor!

Magenta Masterpiece
Most colors can't claim a history - they've just always been there.  Magenta is an exception.

For most of history dyes were made from natural items - flowers, leaves, nuts, fruits, vegetables, etc. - but just because a color exists in nature doesn't mean it can be reproduced in yarn.  That changed when the first synthetic dye produced mauve in 1856, a color that had been impossible to reproduce with natural dyes.  Mauve created a fashion sensation, and chemists raced to produce the next dye color.  The first magenta dye was produced in France in 1858 or 1859 (historians argue about the exact date).  The color was called fuchsine, after the color of the fuchsia flower, and in 1860 the color was renamed magenta in honor of the Battle of Magenta, fought near the town of Magenta, Italy.  Like mauve, the new magenta dye also became a commercial success.

And that's not surprising - magenta is an awesome color! Liberty Wool Print's new color, Magenta Masterpiece, is an exciting array of magenta, purple and red balanced with the more subdued blue, gray and brown.   Lustrous, without overdoing it - and just as pretty today as it was in 1860!

If you want more drama, Liberty Wool Print's other new color, Meteor, is the color for you.  Meteors are NOT known for being subtle.  They enter our atmosphere with excitement and drama, a flash of blue brilliance followed by a colorful tail of pink, orange, yellow and green.  Meteor captures this dazeling color perfectly.  Wallflowers, please choose a different color!

Seeded Rib Vest and Dinky Hat
Liberty Wool Print is Classic Elite's soft worsted weight, machine washable 100% wool yarn.  Yup, that's right, I said machine washable wool.  It is a self striping yarn in a huge assortment of awesome colors, and Magenta Masterpiece and Meteor are the two newest of over 35 colors of Liberty Wool Print!

Bonus:  For a limited time ALL Liberty Wool Print - not just the two new colors, but ALL Liberty Wool Print - is on sale at 20% off!

Want somethin' free?  Well, who doesn't?  Buy any quantity of Magenta Masterpiece or Meteor and you get a free pattern!  Choose between the  "Seeded Rib Vest" and the "Dinky Hat."  Both are great accessories, and both are FREE!  

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, March 21, 2014

Join the April KAL - And Get the Yarn for 20% Off!

Spring is on the way!  Soon it will be that awkward weather when you don't need a coat, but you need something to cover up with.  You need . . .  a shawl!  And if you like mystery, adventure and learning new things, then you need "The Hole Story" shawl, the April Progressive Knit Along (KAL) from Michelle Hunter

Rylie in Freesia
So what will the shawl look like?  We don't know!  That's the fun part of a "mystery" knit-a-long.  Michelle assures us that it will be gorgeous - and that we'll learn some new stitches and new knitting techniques along the way. 

"The Hole Story" shawl is knit in Rylie, HiKoo's new luxury yarn, and the pattern takes full advantage of Rylie's charms.  Rylie is a unique natural blend yarn with 50% Baby Alpaca, 25% Mulberry Silk and 25% Linen. The linen gives a soft but rustic look, baby alpaca adds softness, and mulberry silk adds drape and a hint of sheen.  Bonus:  We have Rylie yarn on sale at 20% off!

Never done a KAL?  It's easy ... Michelle will reveal the pattern on her website in four segments, every Thursday in April starting on April 3rd.  How much does it cost?  Nothing!  You don't have to register or pay any fee to participate. You may even win some cool prizes from Skacel.  Have a question?  No problem, Michelle posts photos and online video instructions, plus you can post questions on Michelle's KAL site or in her Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily.  It's like having a knitting tutor right by your side!

Rylie in Sea
You will need two skeins of Rylie yarn by HiKoo.  Michelle's sample shawl is knit in the color Sea, a lovely blue/green (Color #085).  We've got every color of the Rylie yarn to choose from - and they're all on sale at 20% off!

You will also need a size US #7 / 4.5mm, 32" circular needle.  I love the addi Rockets, or you can substitute any of addi's other 32" circular needles, such as the classic addi Turbos or the popular and pointy addi Turbo Lace needles.  Don't hesitate to call us if we can help with your needle selection!   As always, adjust the needle size you need to achieve a gauge of 5 stitches per inch (20sts/4") in stockinette, and remember to block your gauge swatch before measuring!

I can't wait to see how fabulous you look in your new "The Hole Story" shawl.  Send me pictures or post them in our Ravelry group!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Don't Be Silly, Get Some Jilly

Jilly in Angel (Purple)
Dream in Color's new yarn is Jilly - a fingering weight single ply, light merino superwash wool yarn that is exquisitely soft and comes in 48 fabulous colors.  Dream in Color is famous for their colors - and the new Jilly yarn is no exception!  Compare the new Jilly to Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino Light and tell us what you think on Ravelry.

So where can you get some?  Only at FiberWild!  That's right, for the month of March this must-have new yarn is available only at FiberWild!  If you like to be the first in your knitting guild have new yarns in your knitting bag, this is your chance!

Is there any extra charge to be the first?  Some kind of premium price?  No, in fact the new Jilly yarn and all of our Dream in Color yarns are on sale at 20% off until the end of March!

Linden Street Shawl in Jilly
The super fine Jilly is great for lacy scarves and cozy socks, but I think it makes an especially elegant shawl - so I've designed patterns for two new shawls.  The Lily Pond Shawl features lovely lily motifs with a soft, graceful curve edge.  The Linden Street Shawl is an off-center triangular shawl with a delicate linden leaf edging.  The Linden Street Shawl instructions are provided in both chart and written format.  Bonus:  Both patterns are on sale at 20% off!
Lily Pond Shawl in Jilly

It's always fun to be the first to try something new - and I'm sure you will enjoy Jilly!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Monday, March 10, 2014

Dream in Color's Jilly Yarn!

Dream in Color's new yarn is Jilly - a single ply, light merino superwash wool yarn that is exquisitely soft.  So where can you get some?  Only at FiberWild!

Stay tuned to the blog for more info on Jilly yarn later this week!